Langdale Pikes from Hawk Rigg

On Friday I headed towards Tilberthwaite for a walk over Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs and back down via Wet Side Edge.

A fine walk it is too, from the simple scrambled ascent up Wetherlam Edge, to the long sweeping grassy descent of Wet Side Edge that scythes down into Little Langdale. A descent that usually leads me to pretend my old fell running days aren’t a long way behind me as I tear down it as fast as I can.

It’s a route that reveals the typical delights of the Coniston fells whilst avoiding the larger bulk of the crowds on the Old Man.

It’s also a route that has more than one historical reminder of past human presence in the hills. Tilberthwaite, pretty as it is, is potted with old mine workings; yet a more sombre relic lies atop Great Carrs – the wreckage of a Halifax bomber which crashed there in 1944. It’s marked by a simple memorial cross and plaque, as tribute to the 8 crew that lost their lives.

The comfort of spring sunshine in the valley soon yielded to cold winds in the hills, the temperature only a few degrees above freezing. A reminder of why a pair of gloves permanently reside in the camera bag.

The shot above of the Langdale Pikes over Little Langdale and Blea Tarn was taken from Hawk Rigg, which for those who haven’t paid close attention to the contour lines of their OS map may be a surprising sting in the tail at the end of the day as you ascend back over to Tilberthwaite.

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